In the July issue of the magazine, he also talks about the nurturing he received from Clifford Brown, when they were adolescents in a community band in Delaware, and his first road boss – Ray Charles, as well as his take on the fine art of jazz soloing. You can read it here. Belgrave and his band appear July 22-24 at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.
Belgrave was in the news in Detroit three months ago when a young thief stole his distinctive copper-belled trumpet out of his car. It was found a few days later in a local pawn shop. “Once the thief realized what he had, from all of the publicity, I guess he decided to get it out of his hands and take it to the pawn shop,” the trumpeter said. On June 18, Belgrave and his band performed a midday concert on the lawn of Detroit’s new police headquarters “to thank them for their efforts in helping us get it back.”
(Marcus Belgrave photo by Wayne Norman)